Before the Storm

We have to send cows about 65 miles away for about 90 days during the winter. We don’t have enough corn stalks to winter all the cows, so we sort the solid mouth (a term meaning Middle aged cows) and send them away. Hay is too expensive to feed an extra 90 days and it is very difficult to find extra stalk pasture in our area. We are very lucky that we have such a good deal to send them off and they are in great hands.

Because of last weeks snow storm (yes I’m a few days late posting this blog 🙂
we had to bring the cows home about 10 days early. When there is 10+ inches of snow on the ground it gets very difficult for the cows to find what they need to eat. So rather than worrying about them, we bring them home.

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Trucks bringing the girls home

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Z man supervising unloading trucks!

We got the cows home just before the snow hit. It was very cold unloading them.

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Feeding them before it snows

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About Husker Cowgirl

I am a ranchers wife, regional sales manager for Turnkey Computer Systems feedyard accounting software and an avid Husker fan. I am passionate about agriculture and especially beef cattle. My husband and I do things on our ranch the old fashioned way - using horses. I also enjoy taking my horses to town and competing with them at local, state and national events on the weekends.
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2 Responses to Before the Storm

  1. Lorna says:

    Gosh, that must be expensive getting them moved but I guess it is more economical than having to buy in lots of forage. Hope all goes okay during your heavy snow

    • Lorna, We thought long and hard about sending cows off. It was a very difficult decision, especially for my husband who takes great pride in the care we provide our animals. But to keep the herd together, we had to think outside the box. I never thought we would have to send cows away for someone else to take care off. Its just not how we operate. But when stalk pasture rent has gone up so much and is so competitive in our area, sending them off is much cheaper than paying a crazy amount for rent or feeding them hay for 90 days. The trucking isnt real bad and we have a friend who takes care of them and gives us a pretty good deal on it. It just works for us!

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